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Barbara M. Kershaw

Barbara has a passion for Whitework. A passion for learning and sharing her knowledge about the many varied and wonderful forms of embroidery generally called Whitework.

She has taken many courses and classes from the Embroiderers' Association of Canada (EAC), Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA), and the American needlepoint Guild (ANG).  Barbara is certified as an EGA Master Craftsman in Counted Thread. She also studied in Germany at the Museum de Schwalm in 2005. She has been teaching for over 13 years at various OLDS Workshops, EAC national seminars, EGA national and regional seminars, the national seminar for SAGA the Smocking Arts Guild of America and guilds in Canada, America and Bermuda. Barbara was a juror for 'Threadworks 2007', a Fibre Arts exhibition sponsored by the Ontario Network of Needleworkers.  Barbara is the author of both the Beginner Schwalm Embroidery and Casalguidi GCC courses for EAC, two EGA GCC's - the Italian drawn thread "Angelina" and "Liesel" a beginner Schwalm embroidery, the "Basic Study of Schwalm Embroidery" ICC for EGA as well as a book of Schwalm filling stitches called "Exquisite Schwalm".

"Exquisite Schwalm"

A Filling Stitch Sampler

Embroidered by Barbara Kershaw

Embroidered by Sylvia Wilkins

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"Exquisite Schwalm" is a book dedicated to the creation of an "Exquisite Sampler" with 110 double sided pages of detailed instructions on how to set out the 49 squares and work the intriguing mousetooth hem edge.  The sampler is a sampling of 48 of the many varied filling stitches found in Schwalm Embroidery.

The sampler measures approximately 23 inch by 23 inch (57 1/2 cms by 57 1/2 cms) on 34 count linen fabric.

"Exquisite Schwalm" has detailed instructions for each filling stitch in each square.

Work all 48 filling stitches or work a variety in a checker board pattern as in Sylvia's interpretation above.

For those who do not want to do the sampler but love to do Schwalm embroidery "Exquisite Schwalm" is a valuable resource full of wonderful ideas for stitches and patterns to fill the motifs in your design.

Close up of Some of the Filling Stitches

Darning Stitch

Cording Stitch Bars

Darning Stitch

Cording Chain & Scotch Stitch

Cording Eyelet & Rose Stitch 

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What is Schwalm Embroidery?

Schwalm embroidery, pronounced "shvalm", is a regional or folk embroidery which comes from, and is named after, the Schwalm River Valley, in the state of Hesse in North Central Germany. In Germany the embroidery is called "Schwalmer Weisstickerei" which means, "white stitchery from the Schwalm". It is a beautiful form of whitework embroidery traditionally worked on white evenweave linen with white thread. Techniques include some surface embroidery, drawn threadwork, pulled threadwork, needlelace and hemstitching. The most commonly used motifs are hearts, tulips, circles and doves with curving lines and lovely festoons.

Ordering the Sampler Kit

The sampler can be purchased in kit form which includes detailed instruction book (110 double sided pages), and traditional fabric and fibres to stitch the schwalm sampler. Or the book can be purchased separately.

The kit or book will be mailed directly from Barbara.

The kit or book costs below includes the cost of mailing, please select the correct kit or book for your location. If you order other items from my website, these will be mailed separately from Barbara's kit or book and separate mailing costs apply to those items ordered.

Barbara is offering free email correspondence for those who purchase the kit incase the embroiderer has any questions as they are working the embroidery.

Tools Required to Work The Sampler (but not in the kit)

Small very sharp pointed scissors such as Gingher 3 1/2 inch Embroidery Scissors

    Basting Thread (mid blue cotton sewing thread, any brand will work)

CANADA

Exquisite Schwalm - A Filling Stitch Sampler Kit: $185.00 Canadian Dollars

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(Includes Instruction Book, German Linen, Coton à Broder #16, 20 and 25, Needles, Tweezers, Wooden Hoop with a Long Screw (important to accomodate thickness of fabric) and Mailing from Barbara Kershaw 3 - 10 Business Days)

Exquisite Schwalm - A Filling Stitch Sampler Instruction Book: $77.00 Canadian Dollars

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(Includes Instruction Book and Mailing from Barbara Kershaw 3 - 10 Business Days)

USA

Exquisite Schwalm - A Filling Stitch Sampler Kit: $190.00 Canadian Dollars

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(Includes Instruction Book, German Linen, Coton à Broder #16, 20 and 25, Needles, Tweezers, Wooden Hoop with a Long Screw (important to accomodate thickness of fabric)  and Mailing from Barbara Kershaw 7 - 15 Business Days)

Exquisite Schwalm - A Filling Stitch Sampler Instruction Book: $77.00 Canadian Dollars

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(Includes Instruction Book and Mailing from Barbara Kershaw 7 - 15 Business Days)

INTERNATIONAL (ALL COUNTRIES)

Exquisite Schwalm - A Filling Stitch Sampler Kit: $205.00 Canadian Dollars

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(Includes Instruction Book, German Linen, Coton à Broder #16, 20 and 25, Needles, Tweezers, Wooden Hoop with a Long Screw (important to accomodate thickness of fabric)  and Mailing from Barbara Kershaw 7 - 15 Business Days)

Exquisite Schwalm - A Filling Stitch Sampler Instruction Book: $85.00 Canadian Dollars

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(Includes Instruction Book and Mailing from Barbara Kershaw 7 - 15 Business Days)

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